With Carson Wentz out, can Nick Foles be the new Jeff Hostetler?
If Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz is out for the year with a torn ACL suffered in Sunday's Eastern division clinching win over the Rams in Los Angeles, what better place for backup quarterback Nick Foles to begin his Jeff Hostetler-like run than against the team that "Hoss" did it for in 1990, the New York Giants?
It was in 1990 when Giants quarterback Phil Simms was injured in a week 15 game against the Buffalo Bills forcing the backup quarterback onto the field where he went on a playoff run that included victories over the Chicago Bears and San Francisco 49ers, then capped it off with a 20-19 win in the Super Bowl.
Foles, who once threw 27 touchdowns against two interceptions as Eagles starter in 2013, will be coming into MetLife stadium to face a team that is so bad they are signing people off the street and starting them on Sunday. The Eagles offense will be playing "Odd Finger" in the huddle to see who scores the next touchdown, as will the defense to see who gets to Giants quarterback Eli Manning.
Foles will also feel right at home Sunday since MetLife stadium will be so full of Eagles fans, they should play the Beatles "Yellow Submarine" during the pre-game warmups. "Sky of Blue, Sea of Green." My sister has already asked me if I know anyone who wants to buy her Giants tickets.
Can Foles make a "Hoss" type run? I don't see why not. He has much more experience with the team than the old Giant quarterback did. He made a crucial first down throw to Nelson Agholor Sunday. He also has playoff experience and, in this Eagles season of destiny, it just seems like nothing could go wrong for the birds. I believe that continues this Sunday when they come to MetLife.
One more thing about Carson Wentz: No matter what team you root for, it's impossible not to like this guy. He's not only a great quarterback but a great man as well, from his heartwarming compassion to his Sunday post game tweet:
Best of luck, Carson, and prayers from a Giants fan of all people!
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